FAQs About Redistricting
Does the advisory committee draw the lines for state legislative and
No. This is done separately by the Virginia General Assembly, as directed by the state constitution. More information about the assembly’s process and their proposed districts can be found online.
Is there a limit on how few or how many Board of Supervisor districts
we can have?
Yes. State law says that counties with our form of government may have as few as six members (one elected at-large chairman and five elected by district) or up to 12 members (one elected at-large chairman and 11 elected by district.)
Is there a specific number for how many people should be represented
No. State and federal law requires the population among districts must be as equal as possible, but the population per district will be determined by how many electoral districts are drawn. For example, a plan with five districts (plus an elected at-large chairman) would have a much greater population per district than one with 11 districts (plus an elected at-large chairman).
What happens if board members no longer live within the new electoral
Redistricting will affect the election districts for many county boards, authorities and commissions, including the Board of Supervisors and School Board. If as a result of redistricting board members no longer live in the district they were elected to represent, they will continue in office until they’re term expires. At the end of the term, a new member will be elected from the new district.
Does redistricting affect school boundaries or police, fire and human
No. These boundaries are unrelated to the electoral districts for the Board of Supervisors, and the redistricting will have no affect on school boundaries or police, fire and human service districts.
Does the committee draw electoral districts taking into account
future population growth?
No. The committee must draw election boundaries based on the population count from the 2010 Census. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in this country, not just citizens. Fairfax County has a population of 1,081,726 people, according to the 2010 Census count.
Are college students and prison inmates included in the population
count the committee uses?
Yes. The 2010 Census counted every person living in Fairfax County as of April 1, 2010, including college student and prison inmates. The committee draws its recommended electoral districts based on the 2010 Census numbers.